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Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business.
All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries. Please send in typed obituaries for people buried in our local cemeteries. If possible include name of newspaper and date. Send typed in your email or in attached Word files. Send to Joyce M. Tice (JoyceTice@aol.com)
Larow Cemetery Obituaries
ALVE George W.
Age 85, of Spencer, died Thursday, October 09, 2008, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. He was born in Newfield, NY, April 19, 1923, the son of the late Ripert and Vera (Westerlund) Alve. George is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Jean Seely Alve; two sons, Carl (Glenda) Alve, Spencer, and David Alve, Plano, TX; three grandchildren, Hilary (Shane) Zavaski, Spencer, Seth (Merrit) Alve, Richardson, TX, Chelsey Alve, Dallas, TX; five great-grandchildren, Danielle, Alex, Zoe, Ki, Shyla, all of Spencer; brother, Elno (Edna) Alve, Spencer; sister, Violet Grey, Gloversville, NY; nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by two grandsons, James Douglas Alve and Carl Edward Alve, Jr.; three brothers, Waino, Vertner, William; two sisters, Verna Silvoininen and Viena Ketola. George was a member of Faith Bible Chapel, Finger Lakes Finns, Spencer Fire Department, served on Spencer Town Board, and Penny Promenaders Square Dance Club. A memorial service will be held at Faith Bible Church in Spencer on Sunday, October 12, 2008, at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Clarence Windnagle officiating. Interment is in La Row Cemetery, North Van Etten, NY. Memorials may be directed to Faith Bible Chapel; or one's charity. Arrangements are provided by Allen-Manzer Funeral Home. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/10/2008
DAVIS Gloria J. Lindblad
Age 84 of Horseheads, NY formerly of Van Etten NY died on Monday February 7 , 2011 surrounded by her loving family. Gloria was born February 27, 1926 in Breesport, NY the daughter of the late Clark B. Davis and Maude G. Starkey Davis. She married her husband, Bruno Oliver Lindblad, on January 28, 1945 and they recently celebrated their 66th Wedding Anniversary on January 28, 2011. Mrs. Lindblad had worked at Remington Rand and Nichols Discount City prior to her retirement. Gloria was a member of The Chemung County Senior Citizens and loved being the D.J. at their gatherings. Mrs. Lindblad was pre-deceased by her parents and her brother and sister. She loved her family and friends and treasured the time she spent with them. Mrs. Lindblad is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 66 years B. Oliver Lindblad; sons and daughters-in-law: Dennis & Linda Lindblad of Lowman, NY and John Lindblad & Bonnie of Churchville, NY; daughter and son-in-law: Sandra & Jeremiah "Mugga" Cook of Pine City, NY; grandchildren: Kelley (Scott) Cousin, Todd (Stephanie) Lindblad, Jeff (Kelly) Cook, Chris (Shannon) Cook, Nolan (Karen) Cook; five great grandchildren: Ainsley, Max, Kaylyn, Elodie, and Jordan; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. The Family would like to thank the entire staff of 4-D at The Arnot Ogden Skilled Nursing Unit and Southern Tier Hospice for the loving and compassionate care given to Mrs. Lindblad. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Thursday February 10, 2011 from 4-7 PM. Mrs. Lindblad's Funeral and Committal Services will be conducted at the conclusion of calling hours with the Rev. Beverly Davenport officiating. Interment in North Van Etten Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The family will provide their own flowers and those wishing may remember Mrs. Lindblad through memorials to The North Van Etten Church c/o Rev. Beverly Davenport 72 Townline Road Van Etten, NY 14889 or to a charity of one's choice. Star Gazette – February 9, 2011
Retired NYC Fire Dept. - Age 93 of Horseheads, NY formerly of Erin, NY died on Monday July 20, 2009 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Edwin was born on August 3, 1915 in Brooklyn, NY the son of the late Richard and Mary Bena Farrell. He joined the NYC Fire Department on March 1, 1938 and retired a Lieutenant in 1973. Edwin married the love of his life Alice Coccoli Farrell on March 19, 1939; they shared 70 wonderful years together. Along with his wife Alice, Edwin is also survived by his children, Patricia (Richard) Nielsen of Sunrise, FL, Marilyn (David), Rybak of Littleton, NH, Joan Farrell (Frank Bishop) of Lakeville, CT, Susan Farrell of Lake Placid, NY, Karen Johnson of Erin, NY and Michael Farrell of Margaretville, NY, 14, grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. After retiring from the NYCFD, Edwin worked for Bates Real Estate running the Margaretville, NY office. He was active in the Catholic Church most of his life and enjoyed Square Dancing. Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/Southport, NY on Wednesday July 22, 2009 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM with a Mass of Christian Burial in St Mary's Church Southside on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 11:00 AM, followed by graveside service in LaRow Cemetery North Van Etten, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/21/2009
FEDOCKS Wasil "Chuck"
75, of Van Etten, NY, died Thursday, November 5, 2009 at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY. He was born in Centralia, PA, October 7, 1934, the son of Wasil and Mary Theresa (Mardyniak) Fedock. Chuck is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judy (Laitala) Fedocks; daughter, Heather Pelto, Spencer; grandson, Spencer Pelto; sister, Mary Dunham, Waverly; several nieces and nephews. Chuck was predeceased by his brothers, Michael, John, Andrew, Metro and Peter; sisters, Pearl, Helen, Anne and Theresa. Chuck had worked for Haines Builders and Southern Tier News. He was a life member of Van Etten Fire Department. A Memorial Service will be Monday, November 9, 2009 at 12:00 Noon at Allen-Manzer Funeral Home in Spencer with Rev. Beverly Davenport officiating. Friends may call from 10 AM to 12:00 Noon before the service. Interment will be in La Row Cemetery, North Van Etten, NY. Memorials may be directed to Van Etten Fire Department, 2 Hixson Street, Van Etten, NY 14889. Published in Star-Gazette on November 7, 2009
FLINKMAN - MATTESON, Ellen L.
Age 90, formerly of Van Etten, died Saturday, January 15, 2010 at Allentown, PA. She was born in Bessemer, PA on October 4, 1919, the daughter of John and Lempi (Sundquist) Flinkman. Ellen had been a bookkeeper for the Banfield Company, Spencer Co-op and Village of Van Etten. She was predeceased by her husband, Eugene Paul Matteson. Ellen is survived by her four daughters, Ellen M. Matteson, Van Etten, Sandra P. Denmore, Allentown, Eugenie I. Matteson, Allentown, Sharon O., wife of Michael Hodge, Phoenix, AZ; son, E. Paul Matteson, Surprise, AZ; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandsons; brother, Robert Flinkman, Erin. Calling hours will be Friday, January 22, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Allen-Manzer Funeral home in Spencer. Funeral service will be Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Spencer with Rev. Laura Daly officiating. Spring interment will be in LaRow Cemetery, north Van Etten, NY. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spencer, NY 14883.
Published in Star-Gazette on January 18, 2010
Age 60, of Swartwood, died Thursday, September 16, 2010 at home. He was born in Waverly, NY on October 22, 1949, the son of the late William Eugene Hertel and Garnet Lillian Davis. Champ is survived by his daughter, Shannon (Joseph) Phillips, Candor; brother, Michael (Christine) Hertel, Cayuta; niece; Jennifer Hertel and Michael Sundguist; niece, Carrie Hertel and William Carling; nephew, Michael Hertel and Serena Michaels; seven great nephews; four aunts, Lois Hertel, Swartwood, Hilda Laitala, Van Etten, Darlene Gifford, Van Etten, Donna Becraft, Millport. Champ had served in the Airforce during Vietnam. He was a member of Van Etten - Spencer VFW Post #8139. A memorial service will be on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 3:00pm at Allen-Manzer Funeral Home in Spencer. Friends may call from 2 to 3pm before the service. Rev. Beverly Davenport will officiate. Inurnment will be in LaRow Cemetery, North Van Etten, NY. - Elmira Star Gazette, September 19, 2010
Krista E. (our Princess, Scoob) Age 21, of Van Etten, NY, died on Wednesday, February 7, 2007, at Robert Packer Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 11, 1985 in Ithaca, NY. She was a student at Thomas Edison High School in the Special Education program and worked at the Chemung County ARC. Krista enjoyed singing, Disney movies, playing games on the computer and dressing up as a princess. She was predeceased by a sister, Amber. Survivors include father, Robert Jayne, Van Etten, NY; mother, Joan Chandler, Ithaca, NY; brother, Chad Jayne (Autumn), Van Etten, NY; grandparents, Stan and Ruth Jayne, Van Etten, NY, and Geoff and Mary Hartman, Spencer, NY; aunts, Ronda Jayne (Art), Van Etten, NY, Robin Dollaway (Ed), Lansing, NY, Debbie Hartman-Doane (Scott), Clover, SC; cousin, Jeffrey Nichols, Ithaca, NY; and great-grandparents, Doris Fish, Spencer, NY, and George and Virginia Hartman of Ithaca, NY. Family and friends are invited to call at the Allen-Manzer Funeral Home in Spencer, NY, on Tuesday, February 13, 2007, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held immediately following with Pastor Huth officiating. Following the service, the family invites friends to a luncheon at the Van Etten VFW on Wyncoop Creek Road in Van Etten. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at the La Row Cemetery in North Van Etten. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Chemung County ARC, 711 Sullivan St., Elmira, NY 14901.
LINDBLAD Samuel E. Lindblad
55, of Van Etten, died
surrounded by his loving family on Friday, October 15, 2010, from complications of Diabetes and End Stage Renal Disease. He was born June 1, 1955 in Waverly, NY. Sam was predeceased by his parents, Sam and Mary (Fisher) Lindblad; sister, Sue Lindblad Wyre; nephew, Veikko Salmela; and both maternal and paternal grandparents. Sammy is survived by his wife, caretaker and best friend of 38 years, Beverly Lindblad; daughter and son-in-law, Shannon and David Rose; grandchildren, Samantha Rose, Maralee Rose, Kasey Cundy and Jesse Ayers; sister, Donna (Donnie) Salmela; brothers, James (Sharon Nichols) Lindblad, Jerry (Patricia) Lindblad and Richard (Jean) Lindblad; cousins, nephews, nieces (one special niece, Yvonne Mack, who helped with the care of her Uncle Sam), and many friends (one special friend, Greg Koski, who stood by Sam through his illness until the very end). Sam worked for over 15 years for the NYS Department of Transportation as a Heavy Equipment Operator until he was forced to take early retirement due to his illness. Sam was an avid hunter and sportsman and his family meant everything to him. A very special thank you to Dr. Desio, Dr. Novack and the dialysis staff at Robert Packer Hospital as well as the nursing staff of 8NW and the 6th floor of RPH for all of the care they have given to Sam over the past 10 years. Everyone was so very caring and has become like family to Sam and his immediate family. Sammy will be missed by everyone who had the opportunity to know him and he will remain in their hearts forever. As were Sam's wishes, there will be no calling hours. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, October 22, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the North Van Etten Church with Pastor Beverly Davenport officiating. Inurnment will take place at LaRow Cemetery in North Van Etten immediately following the funeral services. If you wish to make a contribution to help off-set the cost of Sam's medical expenses and to help with the cost of the funeral and burial, they may be sent to Lindblad, PO Box 292, Van Etten. - Elmira Star Gazette, October 19, 2010
MALLULA Dr. Sandra Ann
Dr. Sandra Ann Mallula, at age 64, of Spencer, NY, peacefully left Earth to dwell in her Lord's house July 30, 2009. She was predeceased by her parents, Isaac Sr. and Lyyli Mallula. Sandra is survived by her brother, Isaac (Ruth) Mallula; sister, Sarah (Paul) Efthimiou; nieces, Christine and Kaarina; nephews, Isaac III, David, Marcus and Jon; as well as 20 grandnieces and nephews and numerous friends. She touched many lives in her years as a teacher, beginning at the Van Etten Elementary School. From there she branched out to teach at Elmira College. After earning her Doctorate at the University of Georgia, she continued her teaching career at Messiah College near Harrisburg, PA, where she was affectionately known as Doc Sam. She was an active member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church at Spencer. Her hobbies were computer work and reading. In lieu of flowers, her request was made that any memorials be directed toward the Spencer-Van Etten Elementary or Middle Schools or St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's on Thursday, August 6, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Daly and Deacon Koplin officiating. Burial was at La Row Cemetery at North Van Etten. Allen-Manzer Funeral Home of Spencer is assisting the family.
MATTSON E. Paul
93, of Allentown, PA, and formerly of Van Etten, died Thursday, November 15, 2007, in the Phoebe Home. He was the husband of Ellen L. (Flinkman) Mattson. They celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary December 24, 2006. Born in Twilight, PA, he was the son of the late Matenboyka and Mary (Hyytti) Karkas. He was a truck driver for Hyman Etess Trucking, Spencer, NY. He was an avid gardener, fisherman and reader of western novels. He will be sadly missed by his wife; daughters, Ellen M. Mattson, Bristol, CT, Sandra P. Denora, Allentown, PA, Eugenie I. Mattson, Allentown, PA, Sharon O., wife of Michael Hodge, Phoenix, AZ; son, E. Paul Mattson and wife, Sharon, Scottsdale, AZ; brother-in-law, Robert Flinkman, Erin, NY; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. Friends may call Monday, November 19th, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Schantz Funeral Home, Inc., 250 Main Street, Emmaus, PA. A funeral service will be held in the Union Free Church, North Van Etten, on Monday, November 26th, at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in La Row Cemetery, North Van Etten, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Union Free Church, 111 Brink Rd., Van Etten, NY 14889, or Phoebe Home, 1925 Turner Street, Allentown, PA 18102.
MATTSON Ellen Marie
70, Van Etten, died Monday, September 20, 2010, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY. She was born in Waverly, NY August 26, 1940, the daughter of the late E. Paul Mattson and Ellen L. Flinkman. Ellen was a loving sister, aunt, great-aunt, and great-great-aunt. She is survived by three sisters, Sandra, Genie, Sharon; and brother, Paul. Funeral service will be Saturday, September 25, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Spencer with Rev. Beverly Davenport officiating. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. before the service. Interment will be in LaRow Cemetery, North Van Etten, NY. Allen-Manzer Funeral Home is assisting the family. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Spencer, NY 14883. - Elmira Star Gazette, September 23, 2010
MILLER Lee M. Miller
71, of Lockwood (previously of Willseyville) died on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 at Robert Packer Hospital after a brief illness. Lee was born in Sayre, Pa. on Dec. 13, 1939 to Ethel Carr Miller and the late Thomas Miller. Lee was predeceased by his father, Thomas Miller; his wives, Lois Miller and Cindy Sinsabaugh Miller; brother, Dana Miller; and sister, Phyllis Poole. Lee is survived by his wife, Jean Maslin Miller; children, Rusty Miller of Queens, Tina (Hugh) Doran of Fla., Michael (Carla) Miller of VanEtten, Michelle (Jeff) Wurgler of Ithaca, and Trace (Isidora) Miller of Fla.; step-children, Deborah (Thomas) Bannister of Montour Falls, Alynn Schock of Spencer, Kathryn (Joseph) Sears of Spencer, Mary (John) Cary of Barton, Mary Carling of Spencer, and Billy Carling of VanEtten; brothers, Dale (Sandra) Miller of Towanda, Pa., Keith (Maggie) Miller of Mt. Lake, Pa., Neil Miller of Philadelphia, Pa., and Jack (Annie) Miller of Stoney Fork, Pa.; sister, Donna (Ray) Fries of Fla.; special sister-in-law and husband, Joann and Richard (Shorty) Grier of Chemung; also several grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Lee was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Lee also worked for over forty years at Emerson Electric and was recently retired. Lee loved the outdoors and enjoyed boating, hunting, fishing and gardening. A memorial service will be held at 1p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 at Estey, Munroe & Fahey Funeral Home, 137 Main Street, Candor, with Rev. Philip Jordan officiating. Burial will follow in LaRow Burial Grounds in North VanEtten. Family invites friends to call from 12 to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions may be made in Lee Miller's memory to Stray Haven, 194 Shephard Road, Waverly, NY 14892. Towanda Daily Review – August 18, 2011
MILLER - ROSE Vivian Kauppinen Age 76, of Spencer, died Tuesday, September 13, 2005, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. She was born in Elmira, NY on May 29, 1929, the daughter of the late Lloyd and Elizabeth (Holt) Miller. Vivian graduated in 1947 from Elmira Free Academy. She taught guitar while a student before teaching guitar at Knapp School of Music in Elmira. Vivian married John Tiovo Kauppinen after World War II, settling in Van Etten where they raised their six children. Vivian retired in 1988 from Van Etten Central School after 21 years of service in the cafeteria. She was lovingly known as "Grandma" by the students. She was a member of the ladies auxiliary of Van Etten/Spencer VFW Post #8139. Vivian's husband, John, predeceased her in 1992. She is survived by her beloved companion, Raymond Rose, Spencer; three daughters and three sons, Marlene Kauppinen, New Orleans, LA, Kathleen Kauppinen Lorer, Van Etten, John Kauppinen, Van Etten, Reino (Brenda) Kauppinen, Quincy, OH, Gary (Judy) Kauppinen, Sayre, PA, Lisa (Jim) VanDusen, Locke, NY; nine grandchildren, Dr. Patrick J. Paddison, Casey (Fred) Maki, Tanya (Jeff) Makela, Perry and Ammanda Kauppinen, Erik Kauppinen, Wes (Jennifer) Sill, Kyle (Ellie) Sill, Ashley VanDusen; four great-grandchildren; sister, Virginia (Walter) Whitson, Dundee, NY; a niece and two nephews. Friends may call on Friday, September 16, 2005, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Allen-Manzer Funeral Home in Spencer. The funeral service will be Saturday, September 17, 2005, at 11 a.m. at Union Free Church, Langford Creek Road, North Van Etten, with Rev. Sam Savon and Walter Whitson officiating. Interment is in Law Row Cemetery, North Van Etten, NY. Memorials may be directed to Union Free Church, C/O Sam Savon, 111 Brink Road, Van Etten, NY 14889.
PALMER BETTY M. DECKER
Betty M. 82, of Waverly, NY, formerly of Van Etten, NY, on Wednesday, January 10, 2007, at the Tioga Nursing Facility, Waverly, NY. Born February 13, 1924 in Alpine Junction, NY, the daughter of the late Harold and Adie Zimmer Palmer. She was a lifelong member of the Van Etten Fire Department Auxiliary and a lifelong resident of Van Etten, NY. She was a previous employee of the Van Etten School in the cafeteria. She is predeceased by her husband, Clifford Decker; sister, Bonnie Kohlhaas; and grandson, Greg Baker. She is survived by her children, Dixie and Lowel Baker, Harrisburg, PA, Don Decker and daughter-in-law, Donna Lyn Decker, Van Etten, NY, Doug and Doreen Decker, Van Etten, NY, Danielle and Michael Austin, Waverly, NY; seven granddaughters and four great-granddaughters; siblings, Dick and Helen Palmer, Horseheads, NY, Bob and Barbara Palmer, Spencer, NY, and Nancy and Vinni Dolan, Mill Hall, PA. A Celebration of Life will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Van Etten Fire Department, 2 Hixson Street, Van Etten, NY 14889..
PALMER - DECKER, Betty
Age 83, of Van Etten, died on January 10, 2007. The family extends an open invitation to all Betty's friends and family to join them in celebrating her life on Saturday, April 21, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. A luncheon will be held at the VFW on the corner of Route 224 and Wyncoop Creek Road in Van Etten. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family at the LaRow Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Van Etten Fire Company, 2 Hixson Street, Van Etten, NY 14889
RORICK Willis E. Rorick
Age 61 of Newfield, NY died on Wednesday, September 7, 2011. His parents, Willis E. Sr. and Lydia Cornwell Rorick and his brother, Robert Rorick predeceased Willis. Willis is survived by his sisters: Virginia Ann (James) Butler of Nichols, NY and Lorraine Sue (Jack) Babcock of Waverly, NY, brother: Harold (Helen) Rorick of Alpine, NY; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews along with several aunts and uncles also survive him. Cotton-Hanlon, Costal and Wagner Lumber Company's employed Willis for many years. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for Willis at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 10 AM. The Rev. Don Earley will officiate. Interment will follow at Van Etten Cemetery. Star Gazette – September 22, 2011
STAUROWSKY - ALVE
Elizabeth J. Age 93, formerly of Van Etten, died Saturday, August 13, 2005 at Heritage Nursing Home, Athens, PA. She was born in Van Etten, NY on May 9, 1912, the daughter of the late John and Mary (Gregory) Staurowsky. She was predeceased by her husband, William W. Alve; son, William W. Alve Jr.; sisters, Anna Turner, Mary Bailey, Rozallya Gilbert and Margaret Butts; brothers, John, Andrew, George, and Franklin Staurowsky. Elizabeth is survived by her daughter, Katherine Mae Alve Hollenback, Athens, PA; two grandsons, Tom (Sheila) Hollenback, Van Etten, NY and Chuck (Connie) Hollenback, Van Etten, NY; two great-granddaughters, Anna Hollenback and Cindy Little; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 2 p.m. at Allen-Manzer Funeral Home in Spencer. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. before the service. Interment is in LaRow Cemetery, North Van Etten, NY.